Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Checking in and sharing some blogging inspiration...

Hi everyone,

Just checking in to show you a doodle I recently did at work in my lunch hour.  I had my new collection of sharpies on hand and just used the black, blue and purple. Started with a circle drawn around the bottom of my coffee cup and went from there. 

I have been working on a couple of art journal pages for a class I am going to be teaching so can't show them just yet and really haven't had much time do do anything else lately. 
My new studio is nearly finished; it just needs some finishing touches and then i can show you my space. 
I also am late in acknowledging this but i was the lucky winner of this beautiful handmade journal and purse from the lovely Anna. I was so thrilled to receive the journal and can't wait to add to the beautiful work Anna has already done. Thank you Anna:)

In the absence of arty offerings by myself I offer you some inspiration from some blogging friends of mine, enjoy.

Paula, (Journal Artista) continues to amaze with her weekly Ustream videos and sharing of journal pages and techniques.

Kerryanne (Shabby Art Boutique) has released her new Christmas line which you will not want to miss. I have already bought mine ready for this years festive season.

Jes(Teddybearswednesday) continues to add to her oh so cute and ever-growing family of cheeky little companions. Do go and introduce yourself.

Ro (Ro Bruhn Art) has just shared some fabulous prints from her latest class. I would love to take one of Ro's classes.

Michelle (Creative Treasures) continues to inspire with her card making; a lovely collection of cards and techniques

Janet (Just Me and My Art) has just shared the greatest bargain of the decade as well as her fabulous artwork.

Rebecca (Penny Lane Ink) has been doing some fantastic artwork on hair brushes.

This Friday I am off to the Craft and Quilt Fair in Melbourne and will try really, really hard not to buy things I don't absolutely, positively need..... well maybe I won't buy things that won't fit in the car to bring home :) 
I'm not a quilter but I just love the different patterns on the materials and find them inspirational for art journal backgrounds. 
Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door is also going to be there with her stamps and things so I may just have to have one of her new stamps to try it out.

My quote today, which is actually an affirmation is from another of my favourite authors, Cheryl Richardson. I can feel a journal page coming from this affirmation

"I easily release the unconscious patterns that keep me stuck." 
-Cheryl Richardson
Have a great week everyone and I will check in after my little expedition to the craft and quilt fair.  

Monday, 18 July 2011

Winter makes me feel so blah.....

Hi everyone

It has been a long time between posts but I really needed the break. I have tried to visit everyones blogs but can't seem to get to all that I would like. Even then, everytime I allocate time to go and contribute my comments, I get interrupted and there goes my plans. 

Yesterday I also attended a mixed media/altered art workshop by the talented Jan Fox. You can go visit her and see her work here...    
Watersoul by Jan Fox

The piece was called Watersoul and we all had the freedom to re-create Jan's piece or create our own. It was a fun day and we learned heaps about how Jan creates her lovely artwork.
I still have a bit of journaling and tweaking to do on my piece so I will show you in a couple of days.

I do have a quick doodle to share. 
I found a whole bunch of coloured Sharpies at Officeworks on sale for 50 cents each so I grabbed them and limited myself to using these colours. 
Winter can be so dreary, especially when it is wet and cold and I am stuck inside, i needed some colour to boost me up. 
I really am a Summer girl at heart. Give me a day at the beach, hot weather and a cool swim anytime.
Here is what I came up with.
This year my word was connection and this has been part of the reason for my hiatus. This then inspired my doodle, amongst other things, like not letting the dreariness get to me and  to bring colour into my daily life. Sometimes we need a jolt as a reminder and I got one this week. At the time the jolts are not really welcomed but, like every single experience in life, they are there for a reason; to teach us something, to highlight something we are not paying attention to or to just be grateful that we woke up this morning and then make the most of every second.

 My quote for today is by Sarah Ban Breathnach who I first discovered on (yes you guessed it) Oprah many many years ago when she first released her book Simple Abundance. Sarah is the one who introduced Oprah to her gratitude journals and whenever I am feeling overwhelmed I return to Sarah's book to refocus.

"Grace is available for each of us every day - our spiritual daily bread - but we've got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow. "
Sarah Ban Breathnach

Have a great week my blogging buddies,
I am truly grateful for your presence.

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